February 10, 2011

Catching up

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Nebt-het shrineSo, another month-long lapse in posting here. It’s not that I haven’t been active; it’s just settling in to write that’s been the issue. Which perhaps means I’ve been a little too active in some ways.

In any case, here are a few highlights of what I’ve been up to.

In mid-January, the New York-area House members had a candlelight dinner with Nebt-het and the Akhu. After leaving offerings and making prayers at Nebt-het’s shrine (left), we shared in a potluck feast beneath golden stars inscribed with the names of our beloved dead. What truly made the evening magical, though, was the sharing of stories as each person spoke in turn about the Akhu they wished to honor. There were tears, laughter, and many hugs before the night was through; it was an incredibly moving experience.

Heryshef shrineAt the end of the month, I held a small, personal celebration for the Feast of Heryshef, to honor the Lord of the Two Lands, harbinger of spring and the return of green life to the world. With offerings of food (including some experiments in Egyptian cooking) and song, I praised Him and prayed for support for the people of Egypt in their struggle for freedom. (Clicking on the image at right will bring up a slightly different version — it shows more of the offerings, but I liked how the incense was rising up before His image in this one.)

Also relating to current events, with the other priests of the House I’ve been making special daily prayers to Mut, Mistress of the Two Lands for Her blessing and protection on Egypt during this time of transition. As I write this, things seem to be nearing some critical point (see al-Jazeera’s live blog for details); I hope and pray that peace, justice, truth, and freedom triumph. May the Gods watch over the people of the Two Lands today and always — and judging from this picture of a rare rainbow in Cairo, perhaps they are! Dua Netjer — nekhtet!

Aside from all of that, I’ve been caught up in a tangle of projects, all moving forward, though rather slowly. I’ve achieved the first of my dreams for the year, at least (the bathroom one!), and I’m reaching after the rest. So things are good. And I do hope to be updating here more frequently again.

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